A Texas federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Saturday brought by employees who challenged the hospital’s coronavirus vaccination requirement, according to court documents.
U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes said that the Houston Methodist Hospital’s vaccine mandate for its employees was allowed under state law, according to court documents. In his filing, Hughes rejected claims by Jennifer Bridges, a nurse and the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Texas by over a hundred employees, that the vaccines were experimental and dangerous.
“The hospital’s employees are not participants in a human trial,” Hughes wrote in the filing. “Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the Covid-19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer.”
The judge also wrote in his order that employment termination law only protects employees who refuse to commit criminal behavior. “Bridges can freely choose to accept or refuse a Covid-19 vaccine, however if she refuses, she will simply need to work somewhere else,” he said in the order.
Hughes called “reprehensible” the lawsuit’s claim that a vaccination requirement was comparable to the Holocaust, according to court documents.
Houston Methodist said that on June 21 it would begin to terminate suspended employees who did not get vaccinated, according to the New York Times. – READ MORE